Boy, 9, stages own protest of Westboro Baptist protesters

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TOPEKA, Kansas -- The way Patty Akrouche tells the story, her Mother’s Day gift arrived a day early Saturday when her young son mounted a quiet counter-protest to the pickets of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Nine-year-old Josef Miles felt the urge to make his own counter-protest sign upon encountering protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church during Graduation Day activities Saturday on the Washburn University campus. Securing a small sketchpad and pencil from his mother, he created his own sign that read simply, "God Hates No One."  Morris News Service
Morris News Service
Nine-year-old Josef Miles felt the urge to make his own counter-protest sign upon encountering protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church during Graduation Day activities Saturday on the Washburn University campus. Securing a small sketchpad and pencil from his mother, he created his own sign that read simply, "God Hates No One."

Nine-year-old Josef Miles and his mother were walking around the Washburn University campus Saturday, which was Graduation Day on campus. As they returned to the area where they had parked their car, they couldn’t help but notice the WBC protesters picketing in an area where they had an audience.

After reading WBC signs proclaiming God’s hatred for homosexuals and other assorted groups, Josef asked Akrouche if he could create his own sign proclaiming his different view of God’s outlook.

His sign, written in pencil on a small sketchpad, read simply, “God Hates No One.”

“He’s growing up to be a fine young man,” his mother said in recalling the story. “I got my Mother’s Day gift a day early.”

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museofsatie
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museofsatie 05/14/12 - 08:31 pm
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That's one brave and

That's one brave and kindhearted young man. Kudos to him.

curly123053
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curly123053 05/14/12 - 08:44 pm
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God Loves All Of Us!

WTG Josef.......God may hate the sin, but God will never hate those He created.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/14/12 - 10:56 pm
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Great job kid. But I would

Great job kid. But I would add this, Wesboro Baptist Church's idea of God hates more than just the gay community.

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csraguy 05/14/12 - 11:50 pm
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Great Article

I can't speak for God but I am pretty sure he could care less for the actions of Westboro Baptist Church and the hatred they spew - especially towards our fallen soldiers. These few individuals are not representing Christ or Christian values.

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Abbynoll 05/15/12 - 12:35 am
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Great kid!

If the people running our churches thought like this kid, perhaps I'd considering going once again. Hate the sin LOVE the sinner, while not an actual Bible verse, it's true nonetheless!

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 05/15/12 - 05:04 am
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Got it wrong.
Unpublished

Some people and churches just simply get it wrong. God hates sin but not the sinner. How can the bible say that God is love and then say that He hates people?

At 9 years old Josef is light years ahead of many people in understanding. WTG.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 01/03/13 - 04:30 pm
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A child of nine gets it...

...Why can't the adult members of this 'church' get it?

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